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SU Weekly Email 31 23rd April 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Extra Study Space 2015

  • Study Week Mon 20th April – Sun 26th April 2015

Engineering Building 8am-10pm

ENG2001, ENG2002, ENG2003, ENG2033, ENG2034, ENG2035, ENG3035, ENG3036, ENGG017 & ENGG018

Arts/Science Concourse 8am-11pm

O’Flaherty Theatre, Cairnes Theatre, D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, Dillon Theatre

Áras Uí Chathail Theatre

Mon 20th April-Sun 26th April 8am-11pm (excluding Saturday 25th April Open Day)

  • Mon 27th April – Sun 3rd May

Arts/Science Concourse 8am-10pm

O’Flaherty Theatre, Cairnes Theatre, D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, Dillon Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, McMunn Theatre

 

7Up Ideas Hub on Campus TODAY 11am-3pm

The 7Up Ideas Hub will be in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-3pm today. Share your original idea in 7 words and maybe get some freebies for your efforts! #7upideashub

 

SU Election Results

Congratulations to the final 3 members of the SU Executive Team for 2015/16 who were elected last Thursday! They are:

Eoin Mangan: Clubs’ Captain
Aoife Bell: Convenor of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences 
Robert Forde: Mature Students Officer

Our SU jigsaw is now complete! The 15 new SU Officers will take up office on the 1st of July.

 

J1 Ireland on Campus TODAY 11am-3pm in Áras na Mac Léinn

J1 Irelandis now offering 10% cost off summer stay and an instalment plan for students who wish to spread their payments. Period of residence is 11 weeks: May 29 to Aug 14 2015.

They are also offering exclusive access to job fair on arrival in Chicago where you will have opportunity to meet employers with 100’s of seasonal jobs to choose from.

Exam De-Stress Programme: 20th April-8th May 2015

Massage, Soccer, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Meditation, Breakfast in a Bag and more!

For information or to book an appointment email destressbooking@nuigalway.ie

Academic Writing Centre Closes Tomorrow

The FREE Academic Writing Centre in the Library will be closing for the summer tomorrow Friday 24th April and will reopen in October. They are open today 11am-1pm and 6pm-9pm and tomorrow 11am-1pm if you need any help just call in!  

SUSI Grant Application System OPENS TODAY
SUSI open its online grant application system for the 2015/16 academic year on Thursday, 23 April.

Information on grant eligibility and how to apply is available at the SUSI website www.susi.ie 
Before making an application, students are encouraged to refer to the https://www.susi.ie/Should-I-apply/General-criteria.aspx. and to use the https://www.susi.ie/Should-I-apply/Eligibility-Reckoner.aspx provided on the SUSI website.

Ropes Launch 5pm Today

Ropes 2015, a literary journal published by the MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway, is launching during this year’s Cúirt Festival. It is going to be launched by Declan Meade of The Stinging Fly and speakers will include Sarah Clancy and Órflaith Foyle. The journal is a compilation of poetry, prose and art from emerging artists and writers. The theme of the journal is ‘Conversations’ and hosts an array of genres.

All proceeds from the journal are being donated to Galway-based charity ACT! for Meningitis. Join us for the launch at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Thursday 23rd of April at 5pm.

Postgrad-Karaoke

The next Postgradaoke night will be from 8pm on Friday the 1st of May. Swing along to the College Bar for karaoke, craic and all that stuff.

REMINDER: University PhD Write-up Bursaries Deadline 5pm Friday 1st May

A limited number of write-up bursaries are being offered to address the problems being encountered by PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding.  These write-up bursaries will be tenable for up to a three-month period and will be worth €1,000 per month.   

Completed applications (application form and form B) must be received by the College office on or before 17:00 Friday, 1st May 2015.

The application form & Terms and Conditions are now available here.

Want to earn €10? 

We are running a driving study using our brand new simulator all this week and next in the Arts Millennium Building Extension. It takes just under 1 hour to complete, and will involve a number of simple drives using the simulator and a few short questionnaires in between. You will receive €10 payment for taking part!

To do so, you need a full, Irish driving license, to be aged between 18-24, have insurance and use a smartphone. To arrange a time slot, please contact Aoife at a.kervick1@nuigalway.ie. Testing times in the evening and on weekends can also be arranged. Thank you!

Please Complete Mental Health Survey

My name is Stephanie Cloonan and I am a Master’s student studying Community Development in National University of Ireland Galway. I am carrying out research with the Youth Advisory Panel in Jigsaw Galway. We hope to find out if your willingness to get support for your mental health is influenced by your family, friends or peers. We’re inviting 18 – 25 year olds to take part in this study.

Here is a link to the survey if you wish to read more information and participate:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JXPGPHN

EU-XCEL Seeks Aspiring Tech Entrepreneurs

EU-XCEL is a European Virtual Accelerator which seeks talented aspiring tech entrepreneurs to participate in a free start-up scrum due to take place in six European locations this summer. Visit the www.euxcel.eu  and find more information about the Accelerator and the Ultimate Challenge Final!

Do You Have Type 1 Diabetes?

The Diabetes Team in Galway are hosting a free Type 1 Diabetes Patient Information Evening in conjunction with Croí and Diabetes Ireland at 6.30pm on Tuesday 12th May 2015. Register now and get more information from: www.croi.ie

Please note all lockers must be cleared out by Friday 15th May 2015

Please remember to drop your locker keys back to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Friday the 15th May 2015. Any items left in your locker after the 15th May 2015 will be disposed of.

Register to Vote to #MakeGráTheLaw on 22nd May

If you missed our Voter Registration Drive fear not! We will still have the forms up here in the SU Office for you to fill out, get stamped at the Garda Stationand return to your City or County Council. You have until the 5th of May to register for the Supplementary Register.

Undergraduate Awards Deadline 29th May

There are now just SIX WEEKS until the deadline for the Undergraduate Awards! 

To be in with a chance to win a Gold Medal, have your work published in an academic journal, attend the exclusive UA Global Summit for free, and be recognised as the best in your field, all you have to do is submit your coursework for free online. It couldn’t be easier! If you place in the top 10% in your category, you receive a Highly Commended certificate which looks great on any CV and is internationally recognised – as well as the opportunity to attend the UA Global Summit and take part in our global alumni network. Any questions, check out the website – www.undergraduateawards.com – or email info@undergraduateawards.com 

It’s free to enter, it’s completely anonymous, and you’ve already done the work – you have nothing to lose! 

Friday 24th of April 2015 marks International World Meningitis Day

ACT for Meningitis is a non-government funded support and awareness charity . We are the only charity in Ireland who provide a wide range of free support services to anyone affected by the disease as well as trying to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of meningitis.

Every year on the 24th of April on World Meningitis Day we launch our #JOINHANDSELFIE (Joining hands around the word )to highlight the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of meningitis and to provide support to those dealing with the long term serious after effects of the disease. We would love if you could support us by taking a ‘Joined hands selfie’ and uploading it to your social media on the day with the words ” TEXT ‘ACT’ to 50300 and donate €4 to help us to raise much needed funds for the charity to continue with the work we do.

Join the NUI Galway Clubs and Societies in opposing the proposed N6 Galway City Transport Project.

Sign the petition here.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Weekly Email 29 – 9th April 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Al Porter Gig This Monday! Limited tickets left.

Our last comedy gig of the year is Al Porter at 8pm on Monday 13th April in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office. Al Porter just sold out 3 nights in Vicar Street so make sure you get your tickets quick! Please note that this is a replacement gig for our earlier advertised David O’Doherty gig.

Voter Registration Drive Wednesday 15th April

Are You Registered to Vote to #MakeGráTheLaw on 22nd May yet?

Check your details are on the Register of Electors here: www.checktheregister.ie

If they are not present or your details are incorrect the deadline to get on the supplemental register is Tuesday 5th May. This Wednesday 15th April in Smokey’s Café we will have a Guard present 12.30pm-2.30pm to stamp forms so you can get registered to vote. Make sure you bring your Passport or Driver’s Licence.

If you won’t be in Ireland to vote on the 22nd of May the deadline to register for a Postal Vote is Saturday 25th April.

Join the NUI Galway Clubs and Societies in opposing the proposed N6 Galway City Transport Project.

Sign the petition here.

Vote in the SU Elections Thursday 16th April

We are still looking for a Mature Students Officer, a Convenor of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and a Clubs’ Captain to join the Students’ Union team for 2015/16. The election of these final 3 officers will take place on Thursday 16th April 11am-4pm at Smokey’s Café. Please bring your College ID with you to vote.

Please note that only Clubs’ Captains can vote in the Clubs Captain election and only students from the School of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences can elect their convenor. All registered students can vote in the Mature Students Officer election.

If you won’t be on campus to vote on Thursday there will be a Remote Vote option available and registration for this will open shortly on the SU Website (does not apply to Clubs’ Captain Election).

Time for a spring clean?

FREE Electrical recycling day at NUI Galway 9am-5pm Wednesday 15th April beside the Orbsen Building. They will take anything with a plug or a battery!

Exam Timetables now available online HERE.

Semester 2 exams are scheduled for Monday, 27th April to Wednesday, 13th May 2015 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session.

1. Check your personal exam timetable online

2. Also check the Amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam.

3. If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor).

If you have accessed your Timetable & you experience the following (1) cannot see your modules (2) some modules showing and other modules missing, please contact sid@nuigalway.ie with your missing modules I.e. course instance code, module code and student ID and we can schedule you for late entry seating or alternatively call in to SID Aras Ui Chathail between 9am-12:30pm & 2pm- 4 pm to be scheduled.

Rails Girls Galway is back!

Free 2-days workshop to learn Web app development on 27th and 28th of June.  Apply now https://railsgirls.com/galway and tell your friends! Registration deadline 31st May

18 to 24 year old males with either a full or provisional driving licence needed for psychology study TODAY 11am-6.30pm

Participation is for 20 minutes and takes part in the Psychology building on the second floor in room 2073. Participants are automatically in a draw for a €40 One for All voucher and they can get credits for their psychology course. To participate please text on 086 3691115.

How are you sleeping?

SpunOut.ie, Ireland’s Youth Website, is looking for volunteers for a snooze challenge. SpunOut are launching a new campaign in April around tips and tricks for a better nights sleep and they need your help. Just email john@spunout.ie for more details. 

International Clinical Trials’ Day National Writing Competition

This competition is open to everyone wishing to provide a perspective on clinical trial research, including patients, clinicians, researchers, academia and industry. The 800 word article must convey the importance and value of conducting clinical trial research to a general audience. 1st Prize is an iPad Air and publication in the Irish Times. Deadline 5pm Friday 6th May.

More Information.

 

Want A Better, Healthier and Wealthier Lifestyle? 

Young Entrepreneur Exhibition at 4pm sharp on Tuesday 14th April in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn – only 100 spaces available. Successful and motivational guest speaker. €100 draw! For more information contact: a.gaida1@nuigalway.ie

Workshops in writing, poetry and journalism are being run as part of this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

The workshops include programmes such as Editing Fiction with Declan Meade of The Stinging Fly, Journalism with Olaf Tyaransen and A Guide to working Freelance in Arts Media with Sinéad Gleeson.

Spaces are filling up so booking early is important to avoid disappointment.

More information on all of the workshops available during Cúirt can be found at https://www.cuirt.ie/workshops

Nominations are now open for the USI Student Achievement Awards

The Student Achievement Awards is an annual opportunity for the Student Movement in Ireland to recognise the contribution of students to the life of Ireland and the student community. Nomination deadline is 5pm 14th April.https://usi.ie/awards/

Console Memorial Walk 2pm Sunday 12th April

Join the Console Memorial Walk to walk in memory of our loved ones who have died by suicide at 2pm on Sunday 12th April. Pat Divilly the Console Youth Mental Health Ambassador will start the walk at the Claddagh Hall. For sponsorship cards contact Margaret on 087 9500380. https://console.ie/

Student Summit 2015

The USI Student Summit is Ireland’s largest Entrepreneurship and Innovation event just for students. On the evening of April 14th, student entrepreneurs and Ireland’s finest start-ups and innovative business leaders will converge in the Round Room, Mansion House, for the USI Student Summit 2015.
Get Tickets Here.

Women Entrepreneurs Around The World – Free Event

11am-12.30pm Friday 17th April in Room 110 Cairnes Building More Information.

How have events in your life affected your travel patterns? 

Take the CONSENSUS Mobility Biography survey to record your travel history and inform policies for sustainable transport. The survey takes just 15 minutes and is available at: surveysoftware.net/hostss/nuigalway.htm

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Weekly Email 27 – 26th March 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

David O’Doherty gig IMPORTANT UPDATE

So unfortunately David has to go over to America and teach a Zumba class in the White House BUT the show must go on so we have the wonderful Al Porter, who just sold out 3 nights in Vicar Street, in as a very able, funny, David O’Doherty replacement. Anyone who already bought a ticket for the gig can use it for the Al Porter show which will be on same time/date/venue OR you can get a full refund from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm (up until 1pm on Monday 13th April)

Tickets for Al Porter are just €5 and are on sale now from the SU. Al’s show will be on 8pm Monday 13th April in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

David will be back to us in September to play an apology show. 

We need 3 more SU Officers! Nominations close Weds 8th April.

We are still looking for a Mature Students Officer, a Convenor of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and a Clubs’ Captain to join the Students’ Union team for 2015/16.
Nominations for these 3 positions are now open and close at 5pm on Wednesday 8th April. The election will take place on Thursday 16th April.

Give us a shout on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you would like more information or check here.

Vote for us please!

NUI Galway Students’ Union has been nominated for a few awards in the Online Marketing in Galway awards this year including Best Website, Best Social Media and the People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award is where we need your help as you can vote with just one click of your mouse if you think we deserve this honour. Please give us a vote at the link below and spread the word as we are up against some very tough competition!

https://www.galwaymarketing.ie/semi-finalists/

The deadline to vote is 5pm Monday 30th March.

Easter Holidays Update

  • Lectures/Teaching: There will be no lectures/teaching on the following dates: Monday 30th March, Tuesday 31st March, Wednesday 1st April, Wednesday 8th April, Thursday 9th April & Friday 10th April. Easter Holidays are Thursday 2nd April to Tuesday 7th April inclusive. Please note that students of the school of Medicine, Nursing & Health Science should consult their school calendar here. 
  • Field Trips: Field Trips where relevant will take place between Monday 30th March-Wednesday 1st April and Wednesday 8th April-Friday 10th April.
  • James Hardiman Library: The Library will be closed Friday 3rd April-Monday 6th April inclusive. 
  • The Reading Room: The Reading Room will be open as usual over the Easter. 
  • Student Health Unit: The Health Unit will be closed Thursday 2nd April-Tuesday 7th April inclusive.
  • Students’ Union Office: The Students’ Union Office will be closed Thursday 2nd April-Tuesday 7th April inclusive. 
  • Students’ Union Cloakroom: The Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Friday 27th March and will reopen at 09:00 on Monday 13th of April
  • Students’ Union Engineering Desk: The Engineering Desk will close at 15:00 on Friday 27th March and will reopen at 11:00 on Monday 13th of April
  • The College Bar: The Bar will be closed Friday 3rd April-Monday 6th April inclusive. Tues 7th-Fri 10th April 10:30-18:30.
  • Smokey’s Café: Weds 1st April 08:30-20:00, Thurs 2nd April 09:00-17:00, Closed Fri 3rd April-Mon 6th April inclusive, Tues 7th April 08:30-20:00
  • Caife na Gaeilge: Closed Thursday 2nd April – Friday 10th April inclusive
  • The Hub: Closed Monday 30th March-Friday 10th April inclusive
  • The SU Shop: Weds 1st April 08:00-21:00, Thurs 2nd April 08:00-21:00, Closed Fri 3rd April-Mon 6th April inclusive
  • The Wall Café: Weds 1st April 08:00-20:00, Thurs 2nd April 08:00-20:00, Fri 3rd April 09:00-17:00, Sat 4th April 09:00-17:00, Mon 5th April 09:00-17:00, Tues 6th April 08:00-21:00

ISIC Cards Available in the SU

Heading somewhere exotic this summer? Don’t forget to get your ISIC Card from the SU office for just €15. This gets you piles of student discounts around the world! https://www.isiccard.ie/

Connacht Rugby Tickets Ulster Match

Connacht vs Ulster NUIG Student Tickets €15 (College Road Stand) on sale now from the SU Office and Engineering Desk. Kick-off is 14:40 Saturday 11th April.

Most ALIVE Class Nominations Open!

Has your class been outstanding volunteers this year? Nominations close Monday 30th March at 9am. Prize is a class party in the College Bar, celebrate your community and nominate your class for its volunteering this year! Apply Here.

Student Leap Card Available in the SU

Join 115,000 students saving every day with Student Leap Card – the official student lifestyle card for travel, entertainment and retail discounts across Ireland. The card is available in the SU office for just €15. https://www.studentleapcard.ie/#about

Microsoft FREE Studysmart Sessions Are Back on Monday

Take part in three FREE tutorials on how best to use Microsoft Office for College this Monday 30th March in AC204.

1pm-2pm: Take our Word – everything you need to create the ultimate assignment and thesis document.

2pm-3pm: Pimp my Slides – the ultimate presentation masterclass in 50 minutes.

3pm-4pm: Spreadcheating – everything you need to know about Excel all in one short, free tutorial.

Register Here.

Attention PhD students nearing completion of theses – University Write-up Bursaries

A limited number of write-up bursaries are being offered to address the problems being encountered by PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding.  These write-up bursaries will be tenable for up to a three-month period and will be worth €1,000 per month.  Completed applications (application form and form B) must be received by the College office on or before 17:00 Friday, 1st May 2015.

The application form & Terms and Conditions are now available on webpage here.

Galway’s bid for European Capital of Culture requires that we re-imagine our future. How can we transform Galway? Share your ideas!
HOW: Register to speak for three minutes about your ideas for Galway’s future. Bring up to three slides or just your words. Let’s discuss!
WHERE: Upstairs in the Róisín Dubh on Dominick Street. 
WHEN: Monday, March 30th, 2015, from 7pm – 8:15pm
Register at: info@galway2020.ie Tweet: @galway2020 More Information.

Congratulations to the winner of this year’s Academic Writing Centre Writing Competition, Esther Woods.

You can read her piece in the next issue of Sin and on the AWC Website.

The AWC will close for Easter on 27 March and re-open on 13 April.

Limited number of 20% student discount tickets now available for Online Marketing in Galway Awards night and panel discussion on Wednesday 8th April in Town Hall Theatre Galway

The Awards night itself, is not just a night for finalists and winners, it is a night to celebrate the great Digital Story’s in Galway at the moment. There will be a special panel discussion with Catriona O’Kennedy, Head of Marketing and Communications at IDA Ireland, Pauric Lenihan, Head of Digital at Aviva and Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the Irish Internet Association. 
To complete the evening there will be an after party in Brasserie on the Corner – with finger food and a DJ!

Fingers crossed NUI Galway Students’ Union will be walking away with an award or two from our three nominations – oh yeah don’t forget to vote for us in the People’s Choice Award!

Ticket Link.

Are you an undergraduate student? Over the age of 18? Who experiences anxiety in social situations?

If you are interested in taking part in a confidential​ 10 minute online survey examining the impact of Social Anxiety on daily living activities and academic activities in undergraduates or would like further information contact k.dillane1@nuigalway.ie (4th year Occupational Therapy student) or access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZNDMHVJ

Give it Socks to support Galway’s Homeless

The Cope Galway Give it Socks 5k run or walk to support Galway’s homeless takes place at 11am on Saturday 25th April in Salthill. Entry is just €15 and includes medals, timing chips and refreshments for all entrants. Wear your most horrific, funky socks! Register here.

Bake sale TODAY Thursday 26th March 11am-2pm

Why not get yourselves along to the ILAS building and chose from a selection of tasty treats for a reasonable price. Everything must go. All in aid of Nurture Africa.

Volunteers needed for Cúirt Festival of Literature

Cúirt are seeking volunteers from Tuesday 21st to Sunday 27th of April. If interested please fill out this form and return it to volunteers@cuirt.ie

Application Form.

Do you want to be part of something new and exciting this MAY?

VOLUNTEER for Galway Theatre Festival!! This year we’re really pushing the envelope with our most varied, unique and exciting programme yet and we’d love enthusiastic folk to join us in making this the best festival we possibly can! For more info e-mail gtfvolunteers@gmail.com

Support World Autism Awareness Day

Thursday 2nd April was declared World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) by the United Nations.  Please support the World Autism Awareness Day Campaign and donate today to create awareness and also generate funds to improve the lives of people with Autism. Text WAAD to 50300 to donate €2 to The Irish Society for Autism

Semester 2 Exams

The Semester 2 exam timetable will be available online at 4pm on Monday 30th March.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Don’t Forget the Clocks Go Forward an Hour on Sunday! #GrandStretch

SU Weekly Email 26 – 19th March 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote for us please!

NUI Galway Students’ Union has been nominated for a few awards in the Online Marketing in Galway awards this year including Best Website, Best Social Media and the People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award is where we need your help as you can vote with just one click of your mouse if you think we deserve this honour. Please give us a vote at the link below and spread the word as we are up against some very tough competition!

https://www.galwaymarketing.ie/nominees/

The deadline to vote is 5pm Monday 30th March.

 

FREE Comedy gig with The Viper, Eric Lalor, Karl Spain & Hilary Rose on Wednesday

Sign up for your FREE Tickets now to the Sprite #‎RefreshingTruth comedy tour which will be at NUI Galway on Wednesday 25th of March! The comedians on the tour are: Hilary Rose, The Viper, Eric Lalor and Karl Spain. Get FREE tickets here.

 

Semester 2 Exams

The Semester 2 exam timetable will be available online at 4pm on Monday 30th March.

David O’Doherty Tickets on Sale Now €5!

David O’Doherty is coming back to NUIG to tell us how he has Checked Everything on Monday 13th April at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Building Desk.

We need 3 more SU Officers!

We are still looking for a Mature Students Officer, a Convenor of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and a Clubs’ Captain to join the Students’ Union team for 2015/16.
Nominations for these 3 positions will reopen at 10am on Monday 23rd March and close at 5pm on Wednesday 8th April. The election will take place on Thursday 16th April.

Give us a shout on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you would like more information.

Watch the Solar Eclipse TOMORROW at 9am

Meet at 9am tomorrow Friday 20th March at the Quad to watch the Solar Eclipse safely and find out what it’s all about with NUI Galway Astronomy Society.

Do you know how to make Galway a better place?

Register now to Speak Out and share your ideas 7pm-8.15pm Thursday 19th March in Galway Arts Centre.

Why? Galway’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2020 requires that re-imagine our future. How can we transform Galway? Share your ideas!

How: Register to speak for three minutes about your ideas for Galway’s future. Bring up to three slides or just your words.

Register at: info@galway2020.ie or tweet @galway2020

Alive Cert Application Deadline 5pm TOMORROW

The deadline to apply for your Alive Volunteering Certificate is 5pm tomorrow. Make sure that your efforts are recognised. The Awards Ceremony is on Tuesday 31st March. Just login at www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie and go to the ALIVE Certificate application section.

Could you be a Mentor in 2015/16?

NUI Galway are currently recruiting volunteer mentors for NUIG’s Student Connect Programme. Online application deadline Weds 25th March.

The key benefits of this programme for Mentors are: 
All volunteers receive an ALIVE Certificate at the end of the Programme 
Develop communication and leadership skills through training and interaction with mentees. 
Enhanced employability attributes 
The opportunity to meet new people and make friends 
Personal satisfaction and the chance to share your knowledge and experience with new arrivals

If you are interested in applying, the form is available at: https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg57e8c and will be open until Wednesday, 25th March.

 

Are you an undergraduate student? Over the age of 18? Who experiences anxiety in social situations?

If you are interested in taking part in a confidential​ 10 minute online survey examining the impact of Social Anxiety on daily living activities and academic activities in undergraduates or would like further information contact k.dillane1@nuigalway.ie (4th year Occupational Therapy student) or access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZNDMHVJ

Survey on attitudes toward Organ Donation

Please complete this survey on attitudes amongst University students to organ donation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/organdonation11

Sin Newspaper

Issue 11 of Sin Newspaper is now available online here. 

Rails Girls need Volunteers

Ever felt the stereotypes and prejudices that keep more women from entering IT a little overwhelming? want to contribute to change this trend? you can volunteer to co-organise and/or coach during a 2-days workshop that will allow women to easily build a web application, demystifying the “coding” activity. the workshop has been running since 2013 and is part of the “Rails Girls” [1] movement, successful worldwide. If interested in coaching, please provide your 2-days availability at https://doodle.com/7hsnhqundt4rcmq6 If interested in co-organising, you can pick up a task from the  list [2]. In both cases, just let us know your intentions at railsgirlsgalway@gmail.com   
[1] https://railsgirls.com/galway
[2] https://www.dropbox.com/s/j2kssy6o9c2xsea/co-organisers_tasks.pdf

In this week’s NUI Galway Student Health 101..

Cherish your sleep: How to take back the night

Would you rather have 100 puppy-sized lions or 100 lion-sized puppies?

Everyone’s issue: How we can all help prevent sexual assault  

Find out more – and enter the March draw for €2350- in NUI Galway Student Health 101:https://readsh101.ie/nuigalway.html

 

‘Seas Suas’ is an initiative aimed to encourage students to be proactive in helping fellow students

The objective of the programme is to:

$1·         Encourage students to be more observant of fellow students in need of help

$1·         Develop skills to respond safely

Date: Thursday 19th March

Time: 5 – 7pm   Location: RoomGO11James Hardiman Library                   

Topic: Introduction to Seas Suas

Trainer: Dr Siobhan O’Higgins, PhD , School of Psychology, NUI Galway

The training examines topics such as mental health, alcohol, sexuality and suicide. What are the benefits of being involved in Seas Suas?

$1·         Gain valuable experience and knowledge, and learn new skills

$1·         Contributes positively to your CV and future employment prospects

$1·         Receive the ALIVE certificate awarded by the President of NUI Galway

$1·         Application forms and further information are available from the Chaplaincy Services, NUI Galway chaplains@nuigalway.ie  or phone 091 49 5055

Would you like to win an iPad and help improve mental health supports for students?

ReachOut Ireland, the HSE and the Irish Association of University and College Counsellors (IAUCC), are conducting a short online survey to find out where college students get mental health information and support. The survey is supported by the Union of Students in Ireland.

Take part and have your say! reachout.com/about/student-survey-research

The Irish Centre for Human Rights presents “Witness”

The Irish Centre for Human Rights, will host a rehearsed performance out of context, dealing with human rights & humanitarian law issues. The play “WITNESS” performed by Andrea Kelly, will take place on Friday, the 27th of March 2015, MRI Theatre of NUIG, at 4:00pm.
This play asks the question:
CAN WE BEAR WITNESS TO OTHERS SUFFERING AND EXPERIENCE?
All are welcome! Free entrance! For further information please follow the link: www.facebook.com/events/722483667871899/

The NUI Galway Green Campus team have 10 Leap cards pre-loaded with €5 credit up for grabs!
Just email greencampus@nuigalway.ie to enter the draw. Winners will be contacted on Friday 20th March. Best of luck!

#NUIGSU15 Election Results so far

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are:

President: Phelim Kelly

Vice-President/Education Officer: Rebecca Melvin

Vice-President/Welfare Officer: Jimmy McGovern

SU Council Chair: Cathal Sherlock

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Lucy Costello

Equality Officer: Catherine Ryan

Societies Chair: Patrick O’Flaherty

Postgraduate Officer: Cian Moran

Arts Convenor: Jasmine Shaw

Science Convenor: Tara Ward

Engineering Convenor: David Newell

Business/Law Convenor: Niall Gaffney

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets Ulster Match

Connacht vs Ulster NUIG Student Tickets €15 (College Road Stand) on sale now from the SU Office and Engineering Desk. Kick-off is 14:40 Saturday 11th April.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Weekly Email 25 – 12th March 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

VOTE TODAY!

Today you are asked to vote to elect your SU Part Time Officers for 2015/16. You are also asked to vote in a referendum on an amendment to the Students’ Union Constitution. Your vote is your voice so make sure you use it!

Polling Stations will are open in the following locations and you need your NUIG ID with you to vote:

  • An Bhialann 10am-7pm
  • Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-8pm
  • Engineering Building 12pm-4pm
  • Remote Vote 10am-8pm on SU Website (for those who registered before midnight last night)

Society Auditors & Club Captains please note you may only vote at the polling station in An Bialann. Remote Vote option is not available for Socs Chair or Clubs Captain election.

SU Personal Safety  and Awareness Course now enrolling€5

We are now enrolling students for our Personal Safety and Awareness course which takes place 1pm-5pm Thursday 19th March. The cost of the course is €5 and you can sign up now in the Students’ Union Office.

Course Aim/objectives: To instil a focused and active sense of personal safety and awareness of dangers in the course participants and point them towards further help and education. This course is being run by Dave King of the SU Security Team in conjunction with the Gardaí.

David O’Doherty Tickets on Sale Now!

David O’Doherty is coming back to NUIG to tell us how he has Checked Everything on Monday 13th April at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Building Desk.

J1 Ireland are on campus TODAY!

If you are thinking of heading over to Chicago on the J1 this summer call in to Áras na Mac Léinn today 11am-3pm and talk to J1 Ireland about it. https://j1ireland.com/

Have you signed up yet for Please Talk NUI Galway FREE Volunteer Training? 
The next session is at 1pm TODAY Thursday 12th March and you can sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/please-talk-volunteer-training-tickets-16052024036

Scheduled downtime for the WiFi Service: To facilitate essential maintenance the WiFi service will be unavailable as follows –
Area Affected: Entire NUI Galway Campus Date / Time: Friday 13th March – 19:00 to 23:00
Area Affected: James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway Date / Time: From Friday 13th March at 19:00 until Sunday 15th March at 17:30
This downtime will affect both NUIGWiFi and eduroam users. The wired network service will not be impacted.

If you have any queries, please contact the Service Desk Tel. 091 495777 Email: servicedesk@nuigalway.ie

Have you applied for your ALIVE Certificate yet?

The ALIVE certificate recognises your hard work as a volunteer whether that’s through your work as a Class Rep, an SU volunteer, a society member, a club member or volunteering in a charity. The application deadline for this Presidential Award for Volunteering is 5pm on Friday 20th of March. Just login at www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie and go to the ALIVE Certificate application section. This certificate is a great addition to your CV And there will be an awards ceremony on Tuesday 31st March at 11.30am in the Bailey Allen Hall where you can meet other recipients.

8 Week Yoga Course €40

The next 8 week Yoga course with Marese Cregg is now enrolling in the Students’ Union Office. The cost of the course is €40 and you can sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 493570 to pay by credit card. The course will run from Thursday 19th March to Thursday 14th of May – please note that there is no class on Thursday 7th of May.

·         Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm

·         Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm

#NUIGSU15 Election Results so far

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union Sabbatical officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are: President Phelim Kelly, Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca Melvin and Vice-President/Welfare Officer Jimmy McGovern. Cathal Sherlock was also elected as your SU Council Chair for the year ahead. The students of NUI Galway also voted that the Students’ Union will now actively support the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults aged 18 years and over. 

No nominations were received for the positions of SU Mature Students’ Officer and SU Convenor of the School of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences so we will be reopening nominations for these two positions shortly. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you are interested in running.

Do you Blog?
Nominations close at 5pm this Friday 13th of March for the Online Marketing in Galway Awards and there are €20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs including cold, hard cash! https://www.galwaymarketing.ie/awards/

Ireland’s only Harry Potter convention, PotterFest Galway is coming to NUIG this weekend Friday 13th-Sunday 15th March!

Visitors of all ages will have the chance to experience the magic of the Wizarding World right here in Galway. Áras na Mac Léinn will be transformed into Hogwarts for three days of magical fun, with a huge variety of events such as Potter-themed games, cosplay competitions, panels, classes, roleplaying workshops and guest speakers on everything Potter. Special guests over the weekend are set to include Wizard Wrock act Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons, as well as the creators of upcoming original fan film, “Mudblood and the Book of Spells”. Pre-registration is now open on Eventbrite.ie. Standard Day tickets cost €10, while full weekend tickets are only €15. Special concessions are available for families and children under 12. Tickets will also be available at the door. Come and celebrate JK Rowling’s beloved series this bank-holiday weekend in Galway. Let the magic begin!  https://www.potterfestgalway.com

Are you an undergraduate student? Over the age of 18? Who experiences anxiety in social situations?

If you are interested in taking part in a confidential​ 10 minute online survey examining the impact of Social Anxiety on daily living activities and academic activities in undergraduates or would like further information contact k.dillane1@nuigalway.ie (4th year Occupational Therapy student) or access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZNDMHVJ

Undergrad Awards

Submissions are now open for the Undergraduate Awards -the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme. Submit up to three pieces of your academic work and get your academic achievements recognised!

https://www.undergraduateawards.com/

Are you a university student with developmental coordination disorder (also known as dyspraxia)? If so, please read this!

My name is Lisa Hynes and I am a fourth year occupational therapy student here in NUI Galway. I am currently seeking university students with a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia) to participate in a research study exploring participation in daily life activities. Participants will be asked to complete one confidential interview with the researcher in Áras Moyola, NUI Galway.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact me for further information. Your participation would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks, Lisa Email: l.hynes5@nuigalway.ie

Is Too Much Exercise Bad for Your Heart?

Free public talk 7pm Friday 20th March in the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway. More information and booking at www.croi.ie

Complete Buildings Office Customer Survey – win €50

The Buildings Office is conducting a Customer Survey to gather feedback on what areas of our service that you, our customers, are satisfied with and also on areas that we can improve on.  Please help us by taking the time to complete this short, on-line survey.

All respondents to the survey who give their email address (in question 10) will be entered into a prize draw for two €50 vouchers to be added to your Students’ Union Card. The SU Card allows you to spend in the SU Shop and all SU catering outlets.  The Survey closes on Thursday 26th March.

Survey link https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg57e3a

Discounted Tickets for MojoCon

RTÉ MojoCon Ireland is a conference aimed at photography, social media and journalism students which is being held on 27th March and 28th March 2015.  https://mojocon.rte.ie/

We are offering a 50% discount to students, to check out the discount please click on the following link:- https://mojocon.rte.ie/2015/02/24/announcing-a-special-group-discount-for-students 

Tickets are limited, so if you are interested in this offer then please e-mail me: Cliona.OReilly@rte.ie and please enter the subject of the e-mail MOJOCON

SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Course

SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Course Thursday, 26th March 6:30-9:30pm G010 Moore Institute seminar room, Hardiman Building

What is safeTALK? safeTALK is a suicide alertness programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help save lives. This course is being run by the HSE West with the support of NUI Galway Health Promotion Service

For an application and further information, email cindy.dring@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Ulster NUIG Student Tickets €15 (College Road Stand) on sale now from the SU Office and Engineering Desk. Kick-off is 14:40 Saturday 11th April.

Complete the National Student Survey – Win an iPad Air 2!

A national Student Survey is being carried out, which aims to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking you in detail about your experiences.   It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

As a thank you for your participation, NUI Galway is offering you the opportunity to win an iPad Air 2!  Just tick a box at the end of the survey to be included in the prize draw. The winner will be chosen at random.

What you need to know

  • Only first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students can take the survey.
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 23 February and Sunday 15 March.
  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey comprises 100 questions.
  • Students can partially complete the survey and return to the questions at any time while the survey is open. Answers will be saved and students have the possibility to change their answers up until the survey closes.

Registration is open for Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House

Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, the annual 5km walk/run in aid of Pieta House will celebrate its seventh year on Saturday, May 9th 2015, with 80 venues across Ireland and beyond lined up including Salthill in Galway. Student registration rate is €15. https://dil.pieta.ie/

St Patrick’s Day Arrangements

The following will be closed on Saint Patrick’s Day Tuesday 17th of March:

The Library, The SU Cloakroom, The SU Office, The SU Shop, The Student Health Unit, The College Bar, The Hub, Caife na Gaeilge, Smokey’s Café.

The Wall Café will be open with reduced hours. The Reading Room will be open as usual.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Don’t forget to call your Mammy – it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday!

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Election & Referenda Results 2015

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Election & Referenda Results 2015

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union Sabbatical officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are: President Phelim Kelly, Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca Melvin and Vice-President/Welfare Officer Jimmy McGovern. The students of NUI Galway also voted that the Students’ Union will now actively support the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults aged 18 years and over. 

On Thursday 12th of March students will go back to the polls at NUI Galway to elect their part-time officers and to decide on a referendum regarding the Students’ Union Constitution.

Here are the full election and referenda results:

RESULT: President

Total Poll: 2,727

Spoiled Votes: 50
Total Valid Poll: 2,674

Quota: 1,338

1st Count:

Doyle, Ross: 283

Kelly, Phelim: 1,110

McLoughlin Cian: 60

Moran, Cillian: 193

Picard, Karl: 996

RON: 32

Re-Open Nominations and McLoughlin, Cian Eliminated.

2nd Count:

Doyle, Ross: Eliminated

Kelly, Phelim: 1,298 (+188)

McLoughlin Cian: Eliminated

Moran, Cillian: Eliminated

Picard, Karl: 1,152 (+156)

RON: Eliminated

Phelim Kelly Deemed Elected

RESULT: Vice President/Education Officer Election

Total Poll: 2,649
Spoiled Votes: 65
Total Valid Poll: 2,584
Quota: 1,293

1st Count:
Duffy, Joanne: 1,086
Melvin, Rebecca: 1,417
RON: 81

Rebecca Melvin Deemed Elected

RESULT: Vice President/Welfare Officer Election

Total Poll: 2,648

Spoiled Votes: 44
Total Valid Poll: 2,604

Quota: 1,303

1st Count:

Broderick, Shane: 585

McGovern, Jimmy: 1,254

Reilly, Megan: 739

RON: 26

Re-Open nominations and Broderick, Shane eliminated

2nd Count:

Broderick, Shane N/A

McGovern, Jimmy: 1,483 (+229)

Reilly Megan: 938 (+199)

RON: N/A

Jimmy McGovern Deemed Elected

RESULT: SU Council Chair Election

Candidates:

Gallagher, Ronan

Sherlock, Cathal

Cathal Sherlock Deemed Elected

Referendum Result:

Total Poll: 2,665

Spoiled Votes: 31

Total Valid Poll: 2,634

Quota: 1,318

1,796 YES votes

838 NO Votes

Proposal Passed

NUI Galway Students’ Union now actively supports the “legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults aged 18 and over.”

 

SU Weekly Email 24 – 5th March 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

VOTE TODAY!

Today you are asked to vote to elect your SU President, SU Vice-President/Education Officer and SU Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2015/16. You are also asked to vote in a referendum on the Students’ Union position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis. Your vote is your voice so make sure you use it!

Polling Stations will are open in the following locations and you need your NUIG ID with you to vote:

  • An Bhialann 10am-7pm
  • Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-8pm
  • Engineering Building 12pm-4pm
  • Remote Vote 10am-8pm on SU Website (for those who registered before midnight last night)

Notice of Referendum Thursday 12th March 2015

Referendum on Constitutional Amendment proposed by Students’ Union Executive Committee

On Thursday 12 March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not to approve an amendment to article 17 of the Students’ Union Constitution as proposed by the Executive Committee.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following constitutional amendment which has been proposed by the Students’ Union Executive Committee:

At Article 17.C replace “Students Union Executive” with “the Board of Trustees as members of the Company”.

Delete Article 17.D in its entirety and re-designate the subsequent sub-articles accordingly.

At the end of the current Article 17.E (to be re-designated 17.D) insert the following new provision:

Once deemed elected, the incoming President of the Students’ Union shall be a non-voting attendee at the Board of Directors until s/he commence his/her term of office as President.

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015 Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh 9 – 12iú Márta 2015

Úsáid do Theanga

Dé Luain/Monday

Biachlár College Bar trí Ghaeilge

College Bar menu as Gaeilge

12-3 i.n. Seomra na Gaeilge The View le Baking Soc

12pm-3pm Seomra na Gaeilge with Baking Soc

8 i.n. Tráth na gCeist Boird College Bar. Ceathrar an foireann, iontráil saor in aisce agus duaiseanna ar fáil!

8pm Table Quiz College Bar. 4 people per team, free entry and prizes to be won!

Dé Máirt/Tuesday

Biachlár College Bar trí Ghaeilge

College Bar menu as Gaeilge

Lá Gan Béarla – Úsáid do Theanga

A day without English – Use your Gaeilge

5.30-7.30 i.n. Óga Yóga-seisiún ióga trí Ghaeilge. Sínigh suas san SU – méid áirithe spás ar fáil! Áras na Mac Léinn

5.30-7.30pm Óga Yóga-Yoga Session as Gaeilge. Sign up in the SU, limited spaces available! Áras na Mac Léinn

Dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

Biachlár College Bar trí Ghaeilge

College Bar menu as Gaeilge

12-2 i.n. Seomra na Gaeilge The Stage le Baking Soc

12pm-2pm Seomra na Gaeilge The Stage 12-2pm with Baking Soc

Céadaoin na gCoiscíní

Condom Wednesday as Gaeilge

Déardaoin/Thursday

Biachlár College Bar trí Ghaeilge

College Bar menu as Gaeilge

11-4 i.n. Bricfeasta Gaelach College Bar

11am-4pm Irish Breakfast College Bar

8 i.n. Céilí College Bar le Trad Soc & Baking Soc

8pm Céilí College Bar with Trad Soc & Baking Soc

 su.gaeilge@nuigalway.ie

Sin Issue 10 – Elections Special

Read it online here.

SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Course

SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Course Thursday, 26th March 6:30-9:30pm G010 Moore Institute seminar room, Hardiman Building

What is safeTALK? safeTALK is a suicide alertness programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help save lives. This course is being run by the HSE West with the support of NUI Galway Health Promotion Service

For an application and further information, email cindy.dring@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Ulster NUIG Student Tickets €15 (College Road Stand) on sale now from the SU Office and Engineering Desk. Kick-off is 14:40 Saturday 11th April.

Part Time Officer Elections Thursday 12th March

Polling will take place on Thursday 12th March to elect the SU Part Time Officers for 2015/16. Nominations for these positions are now closed. Polling stations will be in An Bialann (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm) and Engineering Building (12pm-4pm). Voting for the Clubs Captain and Society Auditor will only take place in An Bialann and only captains and auditors may vote in this election. Bring NUIG ID with you to vote.

 

Edithathon 5pm Tuesday 10th March

The Wiki-Project in Ireland and the Academic Writing Centre are delighted to invite you to an editathon on Women in History.

The editathon is a chance to hone your editing, writing, and research skills while improving the quality of free information resources. The event will take place on at 5pm on Tuesday 10th March. 

Participants will learn how to edit Wikipedia articles and use Library resources. All are welcome. Event Registration.

Register for your Remote Vote by midnight Weds 11th March

Students who will not be able to access any of the on-campus polling stations on Thursday 12th of March may cast their vote online using Remote Vote between 10am and 8pm. Please note that you must first register for your Remote Vote before midnight on Wednesday 11th of March by logging on to the SU Website– registration will open on Friday 6th March.

Please note: Remote vote cannot be used for Societies Chairperson or Clubs’ Captain election. Proxy forms are available from the SU for captains/auditors to transfer their vote.

Scheduled downtime for the WiFi Service
To facilitate essential maintenance the WiFi service will be unavailable on campus between 19:00 and 23:00 on Friday 13th March. In addition, the WiFi service will remain unavailable in the James Hardiman Library between 19:00 on Friday 13th March until 17:30 on Sunday 15th March.  This downtime will affect both NUIGWiFi and eduroam users.

The wired network service will not be impacted. If you have any queries, please contact the Service Desk (Tel. 091 495777 Email servicedesk@nuigalway.ie).

Complete the National Student Survey – Win an iPad Air 2!

A national Student Survey is being carried out, which aims to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking you in detail about your experiences.   It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

As a thank you for your participation, NUI Galway is offering you the opportunity to win an iPad Air 2!  Just tick a box at the end of the survey to be included in the prize draw. The winner will be chosen at random.

What you need to know

  • Only first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students can take the survey.
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 23 February and Sunday 15 March.
  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey comprises 100 questions.
  • Students can partially complete the survey and return to the questions at any time while the survey is open. Answers will be saved and students have the possibility to change their answers up until the survey closes.

Registration is open for Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House

Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, the annual 5km walk/run in aid of Pieta House will celebrate its seventh year on Saturday, May 9th 2015, with 80 venues across Ireland and beyond lined up including Salthill in Galway. Student registration rate is €15. https://dil.pieta.ie/

Vodafone Campus Tour

Vodafone Campus Tour is on campus here in NUI Galway 11am-4pm TODAY at Áras na Mac Léinn. Pop down to them to get Ireland’s BEST EVER STUDENT OFFER and find out what amazing prizes are #UpForGrabs – check out @VodafonePlayground on Twitter.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Weekly Email 23 – 26th February 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Charity Comedy Gig with Fred Cooke €5 this Monday 8pm

Our next SU Comedy gig is for charity and features five comedians for just €5 this Monday 2nd March at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Joining Fred Cooke (Republic of Telly) on the night will be John O’Hare, Stephen Ryan, Declan Brennan and MC Danny Dowling. Tickets are available from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk and all proceeds go to Console and BeLonG To. This gig is open to non-students too.

SU Elections 2015 – Nominations Open

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm this Monday 2nd March 2015 in IT250. Please note that only registered class reps can vote in this election.

Full Time Officer Elections – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare. Nominations are now closed. Hustings will take place in the College Bar on Tuesday 3rd March 3pm for Presidential candidates and on Wednesday 4th March 3pm for VP/Education & VP/Welfare Candidates. Election day Thursday 5th March.

Part Time Officer Elections – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students, 5 Convenor Positions – Nominations are now OPEN. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 4th March. Election Day Thursday 12th March.

#NUIGSU15 Election Guide

Bring your College ID and VOTE on Thursday 5th March

On Thursday 5th March you will be asked to vote to elect your SU President, SU Vice-President/Education Officer and SU Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2015/16. You will also be asked to vote in a referendum on the Students’ Union position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis. Your vote is your voice so make sure you use it!

Polling Stations will be open in the following locations:

  • An Bhialann 10am-7pm
  • Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-8pm
  • Engineering Building 12pm-4pm

Register for your Remote Vote by midnight Weds 4th March

Students who will not be able to access any of the on-campus polling stations on Thursday 5th of March may cast their vote online using Remote Vote between 10am and 8pm. Please note that you must first register for your Remote Vote before midnight on Wednesday 4th of March by logging on to the SU Website.

Please note: If you wish to use the Remote Vote for the 12th March Elections too you need to register AGAIN for this before midnight on Wednesday 11th of March. Remote vote cannot be used for Societies Chairperson or Clubs’ Captain election.

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Registration Deadline 4pm TODAY!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place this Saturday 28th of February in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office until 4pm TODAY. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus. Bus leaves the Quad at 9.30am sharp on Saturday.

Connacht vs Benetton Treviso Tickets On Sale Now

5.15pm Sunday 1st March 2015 NUIG Student Rate €10 – Tickets on sale NOW from the SU (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

Bake Sale for NUIG Hockey Ladies Club

Fundraising Bake Sale this Monday 2nd March 10am-4pm in Smokey’s Café to raise money for NUIG Ladies Hockey Club bid for the All-Ireland Challenge Final. All support is greatly appreciated.

Making a Makerspace at NUI Galway

A Makerspace is a do-it-yourself space where students can access equipment, tools and software to ‘make stuff’. It’s a place where students from different colleges and schools can come together to share ideas and work on projects. The idea is that students have a well-equipped shared space where they can – Make, Break, Fix and Learn.

We are going to add a Makerspace to the James Hardiman library and are looking for suggestions and ideas from students and staff as to what it should contain.

If you do a search on the web for “What’s a makerspace” you will see that they come in all shapes and sizes. They vary from a simple room with a few computers all the way up to complete buildings stocked with millions of euro worth of equipment capable of 3D printing a car. Our vision is somewhere in the middle – at least to start with.

Initially we think we should include at least: 3D Printer, PC’s for design, Raspberry Pi hardware, Arduino boards.

To help us decide if these are correct and what else we should include we have a short requirements gathering survey which we would like you to complete.
This will be YOUR Makerspace so please take a few minutes to tell us what you want the JHL Makerspace to be! https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg57bb1

Contact us at: libmakerspace@nuigalway.ie

Vodafone Campus Tour

Vodafone Campus Tour is on campus here in NUI Galway 11am-4pm on Thursday the 5th March at Áras na Mac Léinn. Pop down to them to get Ireland’s BEST EVER STUDENT OFFER and find out what amazing prizes are #UpForGrabs – check out @VodafonePlayground on Twitter.

Register to attend the First Ever NUI Galway Undergraduate Research Conference 19th March, Bailey Allen Hall

All students welcome! https://www.nuigalway.ie/undergrad-research/

Consider presenting your research! Did you write a paper this year or last year? Share it! This informal space will allow you the experience of an oral presentation of your research work at a conference. Great for the CV!

Questions? Email  undergradconference@nuigalway.ie

Enter Now: Campus Engage Website Logo Design and Slogan Competition

Enter the Campus Engage Competition to design a logo and slogan for the brand new national HEI student volunteering website “www.studentvolunteer.ie

In 2015 Irish Higher Education institutions will launch a brand new student volunteering management website studentvolunteer.ie.  This new initiative will connect HEI students to volunteering organisations and their opportunities.  This initiative acknowledges and celebrates the contribution that student volunteers make to our society. The winning design and slogan will be used on the national studentvolunteer.ie website, on printed material and in promotional campaigns. This is a great chance to gain high profile coverage for your talent.

Competition prizes:

  • iPad for the winning logo.
  • €200 One4all voucher for the winning slogan.

Closing date for submissions: All competition entries must be emailed to info@campusengage.ie or posted to Campus Engage, 48 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 by 5pm Monday March 23rd 2015. You may submit as many entries as you wish for both the logo and slogan. A panel of experts including a graphic designer and student volunteer will shortlist logos and slogans and the winners will be announced before Easter.

See more at: https://www.campusengage.ie/groups/enter-now-campus-engage-website-logo-design-and-slogan-competition

Complete the National Student Survey – Win an iPad Air 2!

A national Student Survey is being carried out, which aims to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking you in detail about your experiences.   It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

As a thank you for your participation, NUI Galway is offering you the opportunity to win an iPad Air 2!  Just tick a box at the end of the survey to be included in the prize draw. The winner will be chosen at random.

What you need to know

  • Only first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students can take the survey.
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 23 February and Sunday 15 March.
  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey comprises 100 questions.
  • Students can partially complete the survey and return to the questions at any time while the survey is open. Answers will be saved and students have the possibility to change their answers up until the survey closes.

Win a One for All Voucher worth €200 in the “NAME THAT CENTRE COMPETITION”
Simply suggest a name that you think represents our New Centre soon to be launched in Áras Uí Chathail. The Centre brings together the Access, Mature and Disability offices who now work as one unit within Student Services. One unit, one name. To enter, you must be a student or staff member.

Tips: Choose a name that will best reflect what it is we do to so it is very obvious to all students and the public e.g. Access Centre, Equal Education, Inclusive Learning etc. Closing Date: Friday 27th February Feb. The Winner Will be Announced on Mature Facebook Site on 5th March www.facebook.com/NUIG.MatureStudentOffice
Enter Here.

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Win €500 for your blog or article on the topic: The European Year for Development 2015: How has Europe contributed to development in the world?
The prize is €500 as well as the opportunity to participate in and report from Africa Day 2015. Deadline 19th March.

https://www.youth.ie/eyd

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Elections & Referenda 2015

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SU Elections 2015 – Nominations Open

Election/Referendum Results 

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 2nd March 2015 in IT250. Please note that only registered class reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Nominations are now CLOSED.

Full Time Officer Elections – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare Nominations are now CLOSED. Hustings Tuesday 3rd March 3pm President in the College Bar. Hustings Wednesday 4th March 3pm VP/Education & VP/Welfare in the College Bar. 

Election & Referendum Day Thursday 5th March – bring your College ID and vote between 10am-8pm. 

Part Time Officer Elections – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students, 5 Convenor Positions – Nominations are now CLOSED.

Election & Referendum Day Thursday 12th March – bring your College ID and vote between 10am-8pm.

Read our SU Elections Guide here

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

On Thursday 5th March 2015 you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Student’s Union actively supports the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults age 18 and over.”

Yes

No

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

 

Referendum on Constitutional Amendment proposed by Students’ Union Executive Committee

 

On Thursday 12 March 2015 you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not to approve an amendment to article 17 of the Students’ Union Constitution as proposed by the Executive Committee.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following constitutional amendment which has been proposed by the Students’ Union Executive Committee:

At Article 17.C replace “Students Union Executive” with “the Board of Trustees as members of the Company”.

Delete Article 17.D in its entirety and re-designate the subsequent sub-articles accordingly.

At the end of the current Article 17.E (to be re-designated 17.D) insert the following new provision:

Once deemed elected, the incoming President of the Students’ Union shall be a non-voting attendee at the Board of Directors until s/he commence his/her term of office as President.

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16

 

 

SU Weekly Email 22 – 19th February 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Charity Aquathon – Just 30 Spaces Left!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place this Tuesday 24th of February 2015. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt, snacks and lunch for all participants. 

SU Elections 2015 – Nominations Open

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 2nd March 2015 in IT250. Please note that only registered class reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Nominations close at 5pm this Monday 23rd February – completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Full Time Officer Elections – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare – Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 25th February. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. Late nominations will not be accepted. Election Day Thursday 5th March.

Part Time Officer Elections – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students, 5 Convenor Positions – Nominations Open 10am Thursday 26th February. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 4th March. Election Day Thursday 12th March.

#NUIGSU15 Election Guide

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 50 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 28th of February in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

SU Charity Comedy Gig with Fred Cooke €5

Our next SU Comedy gig is for charity and features five comedians for just €5 on Monday 3rd March at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Joining Fred Cooke (Republic of Telly) on the night will be John O’Hare, Stephen Ryan, Declan Brennan and MC Danny Dowling. Tickets are available from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk and all proceeds go to Console and BeLonG To.

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

On Thursday 5th March 2015 you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Student’s Union actively supports the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults age 18 and over.”

Yes

No

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

 

Researchers sought!

Galway City is the first City in Ireland to develop a strategy to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm. You can be part of a research project.  You will receive training and €10 mobile phone top up credit for each week of participating (€40 mobile top up credit in total) as a gesture of thanks.

What do you do? Researchers download an alcohol marketing monitoring ap and then each time you see marketing (poster, online, etc.) you log it on the ap. The overall aim of this project is to monitor the exposure of young people to alcohol marketing in Galway city. You will get on-going support and a chance to work on an international research project. To participate come along to the welcome session: 1.00-2.00pm Tuesday 3rd March in the Space, upstairs Áras na Mac Léinn. For further information email alive@nuigalway.ie

 

Complete the National Student Survey

A national Student Survey is being carried out, which aims to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking you in detail about your experiences.   It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

As a thank you for your participation, NUI Galway is offering you the opportunity to win an iPad Air 2!  Just tick a box at the end of the survey to be included in the prize draw. The winner will be chosen at random.

What you need to know

  • Only first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students can take the survey.
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 23 February and Sunday 15 March.
  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey comprises 100 questions.

 

Making a Makerspace at NUI Galway

A Makerspace is a do-it-yourself space where students can access equipment, tools and software to ‘make stuff’. It’s a place where students from different colleges and schools can come together to share ideas and work on projects. The idea is that students have a well-equipped shared space where they can – Make, Break, Fix and Learn.

We are going to add a Makerspace to the Library and are looking for suggestions and ideas from students and staff as to what it should contain.

Initially we think we should include at least: 3D Printer, PC’s for design, Raspberry Pi hardware and Arduino boards.

To help us decide if these are correct and what else we should include we have a short requirements gathering survey which we would like you to complete.This will be YOUR Makerspace so please take a few minutes to tell us what you want the JHL Makerspace to be! Contact us at: libmakerspace@nuigalway.ie

Makerspace Survey.

#UpForSchool

UpForSchool is a global campaign to get 58 million primary school children who are currently not in school, into school.  Ireland has pledged 10,000 signatures for the #UpForSchool petition. We are looking for Youth Ambassadors at NUI Galway to help gather signatures to add to this global petition. They are counting on people like you and me to help make sure all children are able to go to school without fear, danger or discrimination. To get involved contact duggancaroline28@gmail.comSign The Petition Here.

NUIG Theatre Week

NUI Galway Theatre Week runs from the 23rd to the 27th of February with lots of DRAMA on Campus!

NUIG Shave or Dye

Well done to everyone who took part in Shave or Dye in the College Bar this week. We raised €1,366 to fight cancer and there are still some donations to come in which is brilliant! If you didn’t get a chance to donate remember that you can text “Shave” to 50300 to donate €2 to the Irish Cancer Society.

Deadline for the AWC Annual Writing Competition 21st February

Submit your mini-essay by 21st February. Top prize: I-Pad 2. The winner’s essay will be published in Sin. All entrants will receive feedback and advice on their writing. Competition Rules.

Win Prizes for Walking!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Marchathon. Get a team of 3 together and log your walks and you could win a heap of prizes! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MarchathonTeamCaptainRegistration2015

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Deadlines

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5pm Friday 20th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

 

Connacht vs Benetton Treviso TicketsOn Sale Now

5.15pm Sunday 1st March 2015 NUIG Student Rate €10 – Tickets on sale NOW from the SU(Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.